Most of us know by now just how to take care for ourselves and live a healthy lifestyle. We know that at least three hours of exercise a week, a good sleep schedule, eating healthily, and remaining hygienic are important measures that not only provide the bedrock of our lives, but also improve it over time. But not everyone has the easy capacity to care for a lifestyle like this, day after day.
Some people may have additional challenges to think about. For instance, when dealing with a physical diagnosis, you may find that your entire world turns upside down. Simple things, such as exercising as much as you would have otherwise may not be as easy as you lose mobility or certain symptoms, such as breathlessness, can harm how you feel.
To this extent, practicing worthwhile self-care when encountering physical hardship is more complex than we can give it credit for. But it’s worth knowing that it’s not impossible, nor should you give up on yourself. With some of the following advice, tailored to your personal needs, we hope you can unlock the doors to your health once more:
Be Gentle With Yourself
Don’t forget to be gentle with yourself first and foremost. It’s easy to think that this is your calling to making sweeping lifestyle changes in every single category and to take no prisoners when it comes to your own sense of self-discipline, but a condition or diagnosis like this can sometimes take time to truly understand, and this means being gentle with yourself is important. Focusing on eating well, staying hydrated, and getting good sleep is often the pinnacle advice given by health practitioners, and that might be your best place to start.
Some alternative therapies can be helpful provided they are verified and accepted by your Doctor. For instance, the Oklahoma Proton Center allows for proton therapy treatment that can subvert standard mechanisms such as chemotherapy. While this is a more direct medical offering with a greater reliability of success, for some additional homeopathic therapies can provide that sense of warmness and potential, provided this is second to true medical insight and treatment approved by your clinician.
Soulful connection with those important to you is essential. Often our inner life can help us cope with the difficulties of our physical challenge. This may be simply asking a friend to help you with a ride to your local clinic, or it could be laughing with your friend during a coffee date, helping you feel ten years younger as you spend time with those who are the most important. Self-care is not the same as isolating yourself away as many people assume, but connecting with people can be the catalyst to help you look forward to each day, and to rely on a little help from your friends. In many ways, this is fundamentally healthy behavior.